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Jennifer Aras, ’02, BS Business Administration, CPA, has been promoted to Director at Crowe Horwath where she was previously senior manager. Aras manages client relationships and audit engagements, primarily for employee benefit

plans and location education


Jennifer Aras

Kevin Knowles, ’09, BA Anthropology, ’09, History minor, has graduated from the University of Buffalo with a Ph.D. in Anthropology. Colleen Smith, ’07, BS Kinesiology, went back to grad school for physical

therapy shortly after her

undergraduate career. Colleen is now working as an outpatient orthopedic physical therapist for ATI. Katherine Stone, ’07, BA Psychology, completed

her Masters of Education in

Curriculum and Instruction at George Mason University in a dual-program which also included an elementary teaching license. She moved

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to South Korea in 2009 to teach English for what she thought would be a year. Katherine fell in love with the overseas teaching experience, and has since taught in Hong Kong, China, and now, Indonesia. She is currently teaching Grade 3 PYP in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. Meredith Trujillo, ’08, BS Exercise Science, attended grad school at Samuel Merritt University. She received her RN nursing license in 2010 and completed her Masters of Science in Nursing in 2011. Since then, she has been working as an RN case manager for Kaiser Permanente.


Erica Buchko, ’15, BA Creative Writing, ’15 Film Studies minor, is currently working for the State of California. She creates and maintains blogs on film analysis and lifestyle and is working on a creative nonfiction/memoir. Erica is getting married this August. Eloy Camacho, ’14, BA Communications, is currently the promotions director and on-air personality at Sonoma Media Group, a local radio station conglomerate. Jessica Gregory, ’14, BA English, has been serving with City Year through AmeriCorps: working in underprivileged schools in Los Angeles. Jessica

Alumnus Ian Cauble (’03, BS International Business and Spanish) is one of just 230 Master Sommeliers in the world, and also one of the youngest. In 2011, Cauble was named “Best Young Sommelier in the World Under 35 Years Old,” and that same year he took first prize as TOP|SOMM in the United States. In 2013, he was featured in the film “SOMM,” an American documentary following the attempts of four candidates to pass the extremely difficult Master Sommelier examination, a test with one of the lowest pass rates in the world.

Alumnus Brandon Carneiro (’03, BA Economics) and Ian Cauble had met in 1999 at

Sonoma State University and became fast friends during their time as undergrads. Six years later they reconnected in Las Vegas where Carneiro was working as a fine wine salesperson and Cauble was an aspiring sommelier at one of the hottest new restaurants. Both had been seduced by the complexity and richness of wine, and had a passion for sharing their wine knowledge with others. Cauble went on to earn the Master Sommelier title and Carneiro to earn his MBA. In 2014, together, they founded, a free subscription website catering to discerning wine enthusiasts who wish to discover sommelierselected wines, as a way to give access to sommelier-selected wines to enjoy with family and friends, or to thoughtfully expand a collection. Cauble and Carneiro give back to their alma mater in a very impactful way, by hiring SSU graduates as they transition from academia to the career world. Some of those are Carly Buck, Brandon Carman, Daniel Schuh and Christina Vizcaino.

Insights fall2016  

Insights: The Magazine of Sonoma State University. The fall 2016 issue welcomes President Judy K. Sakaki, explores pioneering winery wastewa...